Why is complicated pneumonia and empyema increasing so rapidly in children?Hot topicsChairs:
T. Schaberg (Rotenburg, Germany), F. Blasi (Milan, Italy)Aims:
The aims of this hot topic will:
• describe the changes in the epidemiology of empyema and complicated pneumonia in children over the last decade;
• explore the possible mechanisms responsible for these changes;
• consider how the introduction of the new conjugate pneumococcal vaccine may affect the incidence of these problems;
• discuss how they should be monitored and controlled.